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  1. Well for what it's worth the "real world" Harpoon entered service in 1977, although I believe that was initially the surface-launched variant so the AGM version may have been slightly later. If it were my model I'd make the fictional history fit the loadout, as a mixed anti-ship and ASW on a Shack ties in well to actual kit on the Fokkers as well as Orions and Nimrods. Though I would say self-defence AIM-9s for a Shackleton are probably a bridge too far
  2. If your WHIF Shack is similar to the Thai Navy Fokker MPA, you might consider something as potent as AGM-84 Harpoon antiship missiles in addition to torpedoes or depth charges. Not sure they'd work in the bay, you might have to work up an underwing (or side fuselage) pylon arrangement.
  3. So is that the "asymmetrical" scheme? The FS numbers you're quoting are correct but the Tamiya paints are somewhat dubious as equivalents. Tamiya doesn't technically market these as FS 595 matches but they have typically added colors to their line that correspond to well-known schemes (that are usually also worn by types Tamiya offers in their catalog). AS-28 is actually Tamiya's version of FS36270, sometimes referred to as "neutral gray" (FS 595 colors don't have any names officially). This gray is used on the F-16 (middle gray on the original 3-color Hill Gray scheme,
  4. See the walkaround links upthread for comparison photos of the Westland and Sikorsky airframes. The Westland versions have a bulged area on the port side of the "engine doghouse" below the rotor (note to those who may feel the need for correction that "engine doghouse" is in reference to the entire assembly above the cabin, from intakes back to tail boom; the bulge itself is not an engine part, as such, since it is aft of the actual engines). As to the best route to a G model, afraid I don't have my variant briefing to hand at the moment but you can definitely build one from the F
  5. The article alluded to above was by Paul Boyer in Fine Scale Modeler, IIRC sometime in the mid 90s. The discussion above suggests the Talon lacks area ruling, which isn't precisely correct. The "Coke bottle" central fuselages of the F-5B and T-38 are identical except for the belly, where the Talon has a "flatter" profile as well as different airbrakes. Sword's kit - which was pretty clearly engineered based on the excellent ESCI F-5B - didn't get this quite right, and missed a couple of other distinctive Talon features such as landing gear and exhaust. Sword is still by far the
  6. CT7567

    JF-17 colours

    That in-flight image is a great reference, but something important to keep in mind is the differences in angle of lighting and how it falls on each aircraft. The sun is obviously high and at or near directly ahead of the aircraft (top right of photo) so the top nose section of the KF-18 is getting the most light, while only a small portion of the JF-17 that's visible would have equivalent illumination in this photo. The FS36375 area immediately above the Hornet LERX is closest to the predominant lighting on the side of the JF-17 fuselage. Comparing the two directly, they are close but the JF
  7. CT7567

    JF-17 colours

    Revell paints aren't widely available in the U.S. so I can't comment on how any of their colors match FS 595 standards. With respect to appearance, keep in mind the same light gray can appear much darker or lighter based on lighting and evenn more importantly the adjacent color(s). For example, it's a common misconception that the undersides of USAF Vietnam-era Phantoms in the Southeast Asia camouflage were white, but in fact they were actually FS36622 gray. This is one of the lighter grays in FS595, but compared to "pure white" it is very clearly a gray. Obviously an
  8. CT7567

    JF-17 colours

    Can't vouch for TS-81, but if "royal light grey" is the same as the British Standard Light Admiralty Grey then it's in the ballpark. My recommendation would actually be Tamiya's light gray primer spray paint - a very close match to FS 36495. I don't think it's acrylic but should be compatible with other Tamiya paints.
  9. Can you provide a source for this info? I have never heard of anything but a standard AIM-9L being referred to as a "Lima" (after the NATO phoenetic alphabet for the letter L). I understand BGT of Germany had offered an AIM-9J upgraded they branded "JULI" that incorporated the AIM-9L seeker into AIM-9J airframes. This would makes more sense, given the 9L is rather famous for offering all-aspect capability. Germany had previously rebuilt AIM-9Bs with improved seekers in a mod known as AIM-9B FGW.2, sometimes referred to as AIM-9F.
  10. CT7567

    JF-17 colours

    Pakistan's F-16s were delivered in FS colors, and any repaints/touch-ups since appear to be the same colors so they do have those colors on hand (or local equivalents close enough to meet the FS 595 standards). It's very common for kit & decal manufacturers to quote FS colors as a commonly used standard in the hobby when the "real thing" may not be to that standard but is close enough to be effectively a match. Just because a given country doesn't use FS 595 as such doesn't mean they don't have local color standards that are very close equivalents. Example is the RAF air defe
  11. Sadly for those of us who enjoy this hobby, I think the days of mass-market kits of subjects from every major movie or TV franchise are largely done and gone. The up-front investment of resources to bring an injection-molded kit if a licensed subject to retailers at or near the time of a new film's or series' release is just too much of a gamble from the license holder's perspective. Compare all the glut of products that were infamously released to limited demand when Episode I opened, vs the near complete lack of merchandising tied to season 1 of The Mandalorian. In those interv
  12. Looks like the scale is a bit on the "Tiny" side, but the detail is outstanding. This subject is one of those largely lost in obscurity but fans of a certain age will certainly be excited to see it!
  13. Ultimately it's your model and your decision, but the fact of the matter is that the actual aircraft were painted in specific colors. Lighting, weathering, scale effect, the phase of the moon, the viewer's mood, etc. can all vary the "appearance" of those colors to some degree, but the actual FS 595 standards should at least be your starting point (IMHO). There seems to have been some conflicting or erroneous information posted earlier in this thread re: Tamiya spray matches for the Phantom Euro I colors. I hope I can help clear this up a bit. Phantom Euro I: FS 34
  14. There are a couple of additional options that may be easier to find than the Astra/DACO sheet. One is the kit decals from the "Bunker Buster" updated release of Tamiya's kit (depending on era you're representing there are several detail additions/changes you'll need to make to accurately represent the Lakenheath airframes). Second option is this sheet from Eagle Strike: Eagle Strike 32016 Kosovo Eagles And of course finding usable spares from any of the above may be easier than snagging one in pristine condition.
  15. Correct re: the "engine bulge." Westland-built airframes used the Rolls Royce Gnome, while Sikorsky and derivatives (Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Canada) used the original GE T58 engines. The external differences can be seen in the respective walkaround sections:
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